38-year-old Brandon Shawn Pendley was arrested Thursday (December 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering. Pendley was being held in jail in Morganton on that charge and other charges filed against him under $165,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for next Wednesday (December 28).
22-year-old Deellan Andrey Alvarez Gomez of 16th Street Circle NE in Hickory was arrested today (Friday, December 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Gomez was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date is set for next Wednesday (December 28).
Governor Pat McCrory announced last week that the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 26 grant requests totaling just under $8.7 million. The requests include commitments to create a total of 1,183 new jobs. Communities in the Greater Hickory Metro will benefit from these approvals.
Two Hickory Metro municipalities are benefiting from grants approved by the RIA under the state’s Building Reuse program. In Taylorsville, An $85,000 grant was approved to support the reuse of a building that will accommodate a 12-job expansion by Addiction Recovery Medical Services. The company provides counseling and therapy, medical services and outpatient programs. The building was constructed in 1945 and has been vacant six months.
As we previously reported on WHKY, a $500,000 grant was approved to accommodate a 95-job expansion at Prysmian Group in Claremont. The company is a worldwide manufacturer of cable applications for the energy and telecommunications industries.
In addition, under the Building Reuse category, a $250,000 grant was approved to support renovation of a building in Lincolnton to accommodate a 100-job expansion at Robert Bosch Tool. The company manufactures power tools, measurement tools and related accessories.
29-year-old Janell Virginia Williams was arrested Thursday (December 22) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Williams' bond was set at $27,000 secured. She's scheduled to appear in court next Wednesday (December 28) in Morganton.
38-year-old Virginia May Rose Buff of Clark Loop in Morganton, 19-year-old Danielle Leigh Sutphin and 37-year-old Diana Miller Sutphin, both of the same Causby Drive Morganton address, were all arrested Thursday (December 22) by Hickory Police Officers. All three suspects are charged with felony larceny. Following their arrests, they were placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond apiece. District Court dates for all three suspects are scheduled for next Wednesday (December 28).
27-year-old Jennifer Leann Roland of Hallyburton Road in Morganton, 20-year-old Trey Allen Lail of Hampton Place in Lenoir, and 40-year-old Chuck Allen Church Jr. of Third Place SE in Hickory, were all arrested Thursday (December 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're all charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.
All three suspects were detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond apiece. They all have District Court dates next Wednesday (December 28).
35-year-old Dawn Tesha Denise Davenport of NW Rankin Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with attempted first degree arson. Following the arrest, Davenport was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 10.
36-year-old Ya Por Vue of Brandon Road in Morganton was arrested this morning (Friday, December 23) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Vue was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for February 13.
AAA Carolinas says more than three-million North Carolinians are expected to travel at least 50 miles during the holiday period, which begins today.
Despite rising gas prices, AAA Carolinas expects the slightly more than three-million people traveling this year to set a new record, showing a one percent increase from last year. The holiday travel period runs from today (Friday, December 23) until January 3.
At an average of $2.18 per gallon, gas prices are slightly higher than last year when a gallon averaged $1.98, according to AAA. Prices have been rising since the OPEC oil production agreement was signed last month.
The cheapest gas in the state will be in the Charlotte area, where drivers will pay $2.11 per gallon on average. The highest average gas prices are in Asheville, fuel in that part of North Carolina is $2.27 per gallon.
AAA cautions against drinking and driving as holiday celebrations and parties dot the calendar. Since this is the longest holiday travel period of the year, it is also one of the deadliest. Last year, 13 people died on North Carolina roadways during the year-end holiday travel period. Of those 13 fatalities, five were alcohol-related.
53-year-old Clifford Dean Kerley is wanted by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. Kerley is a sex offender whose last known address was a building located at the Taylorsville Cemetery.
Kerley has not been seen since the summer of 2015. There are active warrants for Kerley’s arrest for failure to register a change of address and a probation violation. He is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of an October 2008 conviction for indecent liberties with a minor.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to his arrest. Anyone with information should call 828-632-8555.
28-year-old Todde O’Brien Houston of Charlotte has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony identity theft and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense.
Houston was arrested after he went to Lake Norman Imports on December 8 and used a fake identification and fraudulent information in an attempt to purchase a $33,000 Jaguar automobile. The purchase did not go through.
Houston was arrested in Mecklenburg County where he was also charged with multiple felonies. He’ll appear in District Court on January 26 in Mecklenburg County.
34-year-old David Nathaniel Neal of Highland Bluff Court in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Narcotics Officers on one felony count each of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of firearm by a felon. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each for simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff’s Officers are also looking for 36-year-old Travis Shane Bivens of Pete’s Road in Lincolnton. He has outstanding warrants on one felony count each of fleeing to elude arrest, trafficking in meth, possession of a firearm by a felon and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving to endanger.
The two men were charged on Tuesday (December 20) after Detectives say the men led Deputies on a vehicle chase in western Lincoln County the previous day (December 19). Patrol Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for several equipment violations on Reepsville Road, near Killian Road. The vehicle fled the scene as the driver refused to stop. During the chase, Deputies saw the occupants throw a duffle bag from the vehicle’s window.
Narcotics Detectives stopped and recovered the duffle bag. In the bag were nearly three ounces (approximately 76 grams) of meth, along with marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a handgun. Detectives also found items in the bag that identified the vehicle’s driver.
During the investigation, Detectives were able to identify David Nathaniel Neal as a passenger in the vehicle. Neal was on active probation and parole wearing an ankle-monitoring device. With assistance from N.C. Probation & Parole, Detectives were able to pinpoint Neal’s exact location during the entire incident, indicating that he was in the vehicle.
Neal was arrested, but Bivens has not been found. Neal was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on January 10.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Travis Shane Bivens should call Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
26-year-old Heber Felix Susarte-Dulzaides of Miami, Florida, was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony uttering a forged instrument and attempt to obtain property by false pretense.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, December 22) by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the suspect attempted to cash a $7,200 fraudulent check at People’s Bank in Denver. The news release says the following day he attempted to pass another fraudulent check at the People’s Bank in Cornelius but was subsequently arrested by officers with the Cornelius Police Department after a brief foot chase.
Susarte-Dulzaides was transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail where he was charged on warrants from both counties. He was released from the Mecklenburg County Jail after posting bond. A District Court date is scheduled for January 17.
43-year-old Stacy Heatley of Pete Brittain Road in Morganton and 57-year-old Patricia Wellborn Hunley of 30th Street Place N.W. in Hickory were both taken into custody Wednesday (December 21) by Officers with the Winston Salem Police Department.
They're each charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a firearm, larceny of a motor vehicle, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit felony larceny, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
On Friday, December 16, Burke County Deputies responded to a mobile home park in the Salem area in reference to a victim who sustained traumatic injuries when he was beaten with a claw hammer. The suspects, Stacy Heatley and Patricia Hunley, fled the mobile home park, taking the victim’s truck, phone and wallet. Warrants were later obtained for their arrests.
Heatley and Hunley were confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility with bond for each set at $1-million, secured. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in court next Wednesday (December 28).
Christmas is three days away and in honor of the holiday season, the N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make travelers trips smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can cut down on fuel consumption and costs.
NCDOT will put on hold most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes from 6 a.m. Friday (December 23) until midnight, Monday, (December 26), with the exception of four projects. Those projects are on U.S. 264 in Hyde County, N.C. 24 in Sampson County, Cedar Hill Road in Brunswick County, and U.S. 74 in Jackson County.
In addition, there are a dozens of local roads in the eastern part of the state that remain closed because of damage from Hurricane Matthew. When applicable, those roads have signed detours in place.
Another holiday tradition is that the major roadways get very crowded as motorists head out for holiday travel, so here are some tips to help make the trip safe.
Leave early to get a head start. Travel at non-peak hours if possible.
Stay alert and don't drive drowsy. Travel at times you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks.
Avoid distracted driving.
Be patient and obey the speed limit.
Use alternative routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.
Stay informed. Real time travel information, including traffic issues caused by crashes and the Hurricane Matthew road closures, is available at http://www.DriveNc.gov/or you can follow NCDOT on Twitter.
Also, never drive drunk. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s annual Booze It and Lose It Campaign will continue through midnight, Jan. 2. Law enforcement officers are on special alert for drunk drivers during the holiday season. If you must drink, call a friend, give your keys to a designated driver or get a ride. You can save your life and someone else’s.
31-year-old Jon Wesley Johnson was arrested Wednesday (December 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Johnson was arrested at an address on South Sterling Street in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 22).
28-year-old Meranda Leeann Waycaster of Lutz Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony larceny. Waycaster was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,500 secured bond. No court date is listed.
28-year-old Kendra Lee McQuinn and 31-year-old Michael Brandon Beane, both of the same Cross Street, Granite Falls address, were both arrested Wednesday (December 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place, to keep controlled substance. McQuinn and Beane were both jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on their Most Wanted List.
32-year-old Travis Steven Helton is wanted for felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Helton's last known address was 2320 Shade Tree Street #5 in Hickory. He's been on the Most Wanted List since October 21 of this year.
37-year-old John Yang is wanted for failure to appear on a felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance, and failure to appear on a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Yang's last known address was 2871 Cougar Valley in Morganton.
You can see the entire Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of the suspects on the list, call the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail email@example.com. You can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their phone number is 828-437-3333.
38-year-old David Lee Story of Kentwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Story was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for January 10.